Europe's rail network is extensive, well connected and modern. No matter what country you travel in, rest assured that you'll get reliable services, comfortable seats and plenty of storage space for your suitcases full of souvenirs.
In Europe, each country has its own rail network, they are all interconnected and it is possible to travel cross-country as well as on national routes. However, it is not possible to book one train ticket for several countries from one train operator - that's where Trainline comes in! Trainline combines offers, ticket information and timetables for most European rail companies. This makes booking a train ticket for your whole journey as easy as pie. You don't even have to worry about what train operator you're travelling with - simply book, turn up at the station and go.
Travelling by train in Europe for the first time? Check out our trains in Europe page with all information you need to easily navigate European rail.
We've compiled travel tips, information on trains in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Both Interrail and Eurail passes allow travellers to explore Europe by train while staying flexible and visiting several countries or exploring a single country of their choice.
In many European countries, the national rail network is owned by the state, which usually means that one corporation controls and runs the whole network. This can be an advantage if you're travelling around a country by train because you'll quickly become familiar with the ins and outs of that operator. However, some railway systems have been privatised and as a consequence, the rail routes are owned by many different companies - such is the case in the UK with 30 different operators.
The types of trains you can get in Europe can generally be divided into three categories: high speed trains, medium distance or medium speed trains and regional trains. High speed trains connect big cities within a country and cross border (e.g. London to Cologne, London to Amsterdam and London to Paris), medium distance trains operate on long and medium length routes within specific countries and regional trains are used for short distances, connecting smaller cities and towns.
You can buy train tickets for 24 countries and 86 different rail operators with Trainline - everything you need on one single platform. We recommend booking your tickets for high speed and medium distance trains online in advance to get the best deals and to guarantee a relaxed, hassle-free journey. However it is also possible to buy tickets directly at most stations - an option for the spontaneous traveller. In most cases, regional train tickets can not be booked online and don't have to be bought in advance because seat reservations are not possible. Please check individual country pages for further information.
On a budget? In addition to train tickets, we also work with many large European bus companies to give our customers access to Europe's extensive bus network. Whether you're looking for airport transfers by bus or train or want to go on a longer trip - we've got the right ticket for you. Check out more information on buses in Europe.
Whether you're entering Europe by plane and need to get from the airport to your hotel or you're about to get a flight and don't want to spend your money on a taxi - book your airport transfers with Trainline. We work with 144 train and bus companies to make travelling in Europe easy and hassle-free.
Many European airports are connected to the rail network via their own train station, others can be reached by bus. Check out some of the options below.